WATCH: Artemis I Core Stage Arrives at Kennedy Space Center to Perform Checkouts

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ABOVE VIDEO: The core stage arrived aboard the Pegasus barge from NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39 turn basin wharf. (Port Canaveral Video)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the Artemis I mission has arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The core stage arrived aboard the Pegasus barge from NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39 turn basin wharf.

The core stage is shown being transported into the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building on a self-propelled module transporter on April 29, 2021.

The core stage is shown being transported into the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building on a self-propelled module transporter on April 29, 2021. (NASA Image)

Teams from the center’s Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs will perform checkouts ahead of integrating the massive rocket stage with the twin solid rocket boosters, Orion spacecraft, and additional flight hardware ahead of the Artemis I launch.

Artemis I will be the first integrated test of SLS and Orion and will pave the way for landing the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface.

It will be a proving ground for deep space exploration, leading the agency’s efforts under the Artemis program for a sustainable presence on the Moon and preparing for human missions to Mars.

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the Artemis I mission has arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA Image)

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